On February 1, the Virginia House of Delegates in Richmond recognized Casanova Hunt (VA) on the occasion of the hunt's 110th anniversary. The Resolution was sponsored by Delegates Elizabeth Guzman, Mark Cole, and Michael Webert. The public reading of the commendation took place in conjunction with a Sportsmen's Rally organized by the Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance (VAHDA), an advocacy group for all types of hunting with dogs.
Even this state capitol police officer couldn't resist the Deep Run hounds. M. Drum photo.
Members from fellow Virginia hunts including Deep Run, Farmington, Keswick, Old Dominion, and Piedmont Fox Hounds attended the session in the historic state capitol building. The crowd then moved outside and gathered at the Bell Tower, where mounted foxhunters mingled with and swapped sporting tales with hunting dog enthusiasts supporting VAHDA. Deep Run huntsman John Harrison and staff, in formal livery, brought several couple of hounds who charmed spectators of all ages.
Legislative Aide Christopher Fleury read a statement from Guzman to the assembled group."For the last two years, serving as a Delegate for Fauquier County, it has been my pleasure to learn about the traditions of the Casanova Hunt. The Casanova Hunt is one of the oldest recognized hunting clubs in the Commonwealth, and they are an important part of our community in Fauquier County. Their warm invitations to learn more about the culture of Fauquier County and the sport of foxhunting have been a true blessing."
The statement continued, "I want to thank them for being so welcoming and inclusive. I also want to thank the Deep Run Hunt for coming today and joining us here at the Bell Tower - it's a true honor to have you here." Mrs. William Fendley, MFH, and huntsman Tommy Lee Jones received a framed copy of the Resolution on behalf of the club.
Mrs. Fendley, MFH, and huntsman Tommy Lee Jones with their Resolution. M. Drum photo.
Noting that Jones had recently been recognized as one of Fauquier's Citizens of the Year, Fleury also read and presented a commending Resolution praising Jones for his contributions to the community, "as an expression of the House of Delegates’ admiration for his legacy of service."
The VAHDA attendees had been encouraged to wear blaze orange caps, and the vivid colors of their hats, combined with the huntsman's traditional coat, highlighted the positive relationship between mounted foxhunters and other sportsmen in the Commonwealth. Prior to joining the celebration outside, VAHDA members met with legislators to raise awareness of hunting-related issues. Equine industry lobbyist Mike Pearson also attended and answered questions about the importance of educating lawmakers regarding foxhunting and horse sports.
MFHA Executive Director David Twiggs and Deep Run Master Ginny Perrin spoke with VAHDA supporters at the rally. M. Drum photo.
The following is the full text of the resolution honoring Casanova Hunt:
WHEREAS, Casanova Hunt, a hunting club that has welcomed generations of Fauquier County residents and visitors, celebrates its 110th anniversary in 2019; and
WHEREAS, Casanova Hunt has been a part of Virginia’s friendly and social sporting traditions since 1909, making it one of the oldest recognized hunting clubs in the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, Casanova Hunt was established by a group of working farmers and local residents who wanted to hunt closer to their homes, and the club’s ties to the land and the community have remained strong throughout its history; and
WHEREAS, Casanova Hunt has been a source of enjoyment for members, friends, and landowners alike; and
WHEREAS, Charlotte Nourse, Oscar Beach, and the Gulick family were honorable riders for Casanova Hunt and played vital roles in the organization’s success; they served many seasons together, providing good sport and establishing the traditions of the hunt that are proudly carried on today; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, That Casanova Hunt hereby be commended on the occasion of its 110th anniversary in 2019; and, be it
RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to Casanova Hunt as an expression of the House of Delegates’ admiration for its legacy.
The text of the resolution honoring Jones follows:
WHEREAS, Tommy Lee Jones has been a resident of Fauquier County for almost 50 years; and
WHEREAS, Tommy Lee Jones is a former rider and trainer of show horses, as well as a huntsman; and
WHEREAS, Tommy Lee Jones manages horse and pony shows, including the Upperville Colt and Horse Show and the Warrenton Horse Show; and
WHEREAS, Tommy Lee Jones currently serves as president of the advisory board for the Warrenton Pony Show; and
WHEREAS, Tommy Lee Jones has been a beloved member of the Casanova area for several decades; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, That Tommy Lee Jones hereby be commended for his contributions to the Fauquier County community; and, be it
RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to Tommy Lee Jones as an expression of the House of Delegates’ admiration for his legacy of service.